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Inner Strength Will Aid Butland - Hughes

Jack Butland

JACK BUTLAND’S incredible strength of character will stand him in good stead as he prepares for a spell on the sidelines … according to Mark Hughes.

The 24-year-old suffered another unfortunate and untimely setback whilst training for England ahead of their high profile friendly with Germany last week.

Whilst the injury isn’t as serious as the ankle issue he picked up, ironically on international duty against the Germans last year, Hughes says he will still need to call upon his inner-strength over the course of the next five or six weeks.

“Jack is of course a little bit disappointed as he has had a couple of setbacks now when he has been involved with the international set-up,” he told the media ahead of Monday’s fixture with Brighton & Hove Albion.

“We are hopeful that it will resolve itself quickly, but he has a number of fractures and I have seen the x-ray - there are misplaced bones. 

“Jack is a very strong character, and his personality helps him, especially in difficult times like this - he is very focussed and understands what he needs to do to be the best he can be."

“These injuries can happen, it isn’t as serious as the one that kept him out for over a year, but even so you still have to have the right mental attributes to deal with these sort of situations.”

He added: “Jack is a very level-headed guy, and I feel that he boasts all the qualities to deal with these situations better than most.”